This "tiny house" from Australia is one of the most beautiful I've seen in quite some time. And being built to what has to be one of the toughest building codes, you have to ask how did they also make it affordable?
The reason it has to be built to Australia's "Bushfire Attack Level 29" code is it's required for its target market. I can't imagine a tougher building code anywhere else in the world.
• Aluminium windows and doors
• 5-6mm toughened glass to exterior panes of all windows and doors
• Aluminium flyscreens on all windows and sliding doors
• Fire resistant timber on all external timber surfaces
• Non-combustible steel cladding
• Subfloors sealed with steel sheeting
• Vents and weep holes sealed with steel mesh.
• Foil-backed, non-combustible blanket to fill in any gaps below roofing.
Builders Daniel and Jamie Pobjoy, owners of Mill Built homes, bought a plot of land northeast of Melbourne, Australia for $129,000 (US) and quickly set about constructing a tiny home to set on it at their 10,000 sq ft factory, an old timber mill in Toolangi National Forest.
The house and property are currently for sale for $390,000 (US)
With the bulk of the building work completed in their factory, all that was left to do after the house was hoisted onto the site by a crane was to join the pieces and connect the electricity and plumbing.
The bottom line: If I were ever to move to Australia's Outback, these would be the first guys I would call to build my home. It looks like it could withstand any natural disaster.
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Gary Fleisher, Managing Director and contributor of Modcoach Network and its blogs.